I often say guilt-inducing eco-messaging tends not to incite me into action, but an arguably eco-preachy note I saw at the Monterey Bay Aquarium changed what I did today.

Above is the culprit, a.k.a. a sign posted on the paper towel dispenser in the aquarium’s restroom. After seeing the note, I dried my hands on my jeans — then walked back to my hotel room to grab my reusable PeopleTowel.

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PeopleTowels are a reusable alternative to paper towels in public bathrooms — an alternative that lets you bypass the paper towel vs. air dryer conundrum altogether. The towel’s made of organic, fair trade cotton by a women-founded company that’s a proud member of 1% for the planet.

Why’s my towel in a glasses case? That’s thanks to a tip that my friend Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh, editor of Vital Juice, gave me. Basically, the case keeps the slightly damp towel from dampening my purse.

How do you dry your hands after using a public restroom? Paper, dryer, PeopleTowel — or some other option?

By the way — The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s green bathroom initiatives don’t end with the paper towels. Below’s the note above the toilet flush handle!

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